A delightful trip to Portland

Traveling to Portland for the Delight Conference? Here are a few suggestions to help make your visit memorable.

Check out Portland’s neighborhoods

Portland is a city of neighborhoods. The best way to explore is to pick a place and start walking, while taking time to stop at boutiques, coffee shops, breweries, restaurants or bars as they catch your eye. Alberta, Mississippi, Hawthorne, NW 23rd, or the Pearl District are all great places to start your adventure.

Sample craft brews


Tasting at Portland Brewing Company. Photo credit: Visitor7, Creative Commons

Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world. Learn why they call us “Beervana” by joining us on our Portland Pub Crawl from 2 to 4 on Sunday. Here’s our estimated schedule:

2 – 2:45 pm: 10 Barrel Brewing, 1411 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97232

3 – 3:45 pm: Bailey’s Taproom, 213 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

4 – 4:45 pm: Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97204

We’ll be using the Glympse app to track the progress of the crawl.

There are lots of other great options, too, if you’d like to explore on your own. Here are just a few of the 60+ breweries our city has to offer:

Wander through an outdoor market

If you’ll be in town over the weekend, Portland has several vibrant markets to discover.


Portland Farmers Market on the Portland State University campus. Photo credit: EncMstr, Creative Commons

Shop for organic produce and locally-made delicacies at the Portland Farmers Market, located in the beautiful park blocks at SW Park and Montgomery streets. It’s open on Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Portland’s Saturday Market features locally made art and crafts, including jewelry, photography, clothing, and almost anything else you can imagine. Its open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 2 SW Naito Parkway.

Explore a peaceful garden


Photo by InSapphoWeTrust, Creative Commons

The Lan Su Chinese Garden is an oasis in the heart of Portland. Take a quiet walk through the beautiful grounds and you’ll instantly feel relaxed and renewed. Sit at the teahouse to reflect on your surroundings while enjoying traditional teas and snacks. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 239 NW Everett St.

Eat something amazing

Food carts at SW 10th between Washington and Alder 2013

Food carts on SW 10th between Washington and Alder Streets in downtown Portland. Photo credit: Another Believer, Creative Commons


Portland has a thriving food scene. You can sample Indian street food at Bollywood Theater, taste chef Andy Ricker’s award winning take on Thai food at Pok Pok.  If you’d prefer to grab a meal on the go, try one of Portland many food carts. Find your flavor using The Oregonian’s interactive food cart map.

Visit a city of books

Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon

Photo credit: Cacophony, Creative Commons


Wander the aisles of the famous Powell’s Bookstore, the largest used and new bookstore in the world. It occupies an entire city block, so plan to get a little bit lost, in a good way. After finding your next read, settle in for a coffee at their on-site café.

Take a walk in the forest

Macleay stone building

Macleay stone building on Wildwood Trail in Portland’s Forest Park. Photo credit: Finetooth, Creative Commons

Forest Park is America’s largest urban forest, with more than 80 miles of hiking trails. Stretch your legs on the Lower Macleay Trail to experience the northwest rainforest without ever leaving the city.

There are so many things to do in Portland, it’s impossible to list them all. Travel Portland includes great resources to help you plan your trip. No matter what you choose to do during your visit, we hope you enjoy every minute of it.

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